Through the rushes

Different shots taken through the tall green rushes growing on the wild hilltops in Newport, Co. Mayo on a sunny evening in June with Croagh Patrick visible in the distance

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Little Birdy – look left, look right!

Little bird perched on a tree in Commauns, Burren, Co. Mayo soaking up the rays under the blue sky 🙂

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Yellow

Yellow buttercups in June

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Daisies in June

Daisies growing in the garden on a sunny June day

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Flower boat

Flowers growing in a blue boat in Newport, Co. Mayo, Ireland on the banks of the water

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Gardening / Planting in the fine weather

 

This fine weather has everyone out gardening and planting in the West of Ireland. With the fresh vegetables like potatoes, carrots and cabbage planted, lets hope we can sample some of these home grown delights very soon 🙂

Purple Wild Flowers

Purple wild flowers growing in a grass ditch in Commauns, Burren, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland.  If you look closely at this shot you will see that there is actually is actually a fly on one of the flowers which i didn’t notice at the time 🙂 It is called Herb Robert

Boats Lough Cullen

These pictures show some of the fishing boats at Lough Cullen,Pontoon, Co. Mayo.  Also some links, chains and up close shots to get a different look.

Lough Conn joins Lough Cullen at lovely Pontoon, which is famous for its salmon pool at Pontoon Bridge. Tucked away under the shadow of Nephin Mountains and surrounded by forests and sandy beaches and bays, Lough Conn extends nine miles from north to south and varies in width from two to six miles.

Trout fishing on Lough Cullen generally starts around the 17th March with the trout feeding voraciously on freshwater shrimp, snails and hoglice. Given some mild weather, large chironomids, colloquially known as duckfly appear. Trout feed on all stages of duckfly hatches.

Mayflies start appearing around the end of April and, from then to the end of June, some exciting fishing can be had. All Mayfly patterns fished wet work well and some excellend sport can be enjoyed with dry patterns. From 1st July to the end of the season, very little fishing is carried out on Cullen because of the weed and algae growth due to enrichment.

Nephin Mountain | Lough Conn

These pictures I took in Pontoon Co. Mayo show the beautiful Nephin Mountain from the shores of Loch Conn. Some of them are taken behind the Pontoon Bridge Hotel, and some along the shore of the lake.  It was a beautiful day with a blue sky and nice big clouds.

Titanic Fireworks

On 13th April, 2012 as part of the Mayo Titanic Cultural Week 8th – 15th April 2012, there was a fireworks show behind Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Pontoon, Co Mayo as which lit up the sky in bright colours as part of the Mayo Titanic Ball.

Titanic April 14th 2012

This is the 76ft replica model of the RMS Titanic which was built in Lahardane Co. Mayo in Lough Conn behinde Addergoole graveyard on April 14th 2012.

LAHARDANE –The story of the building of Titanic is told in Belfast. The story of mass emigration from Ireland, of which Titanic was one small part, is told in Cobh, formerly Queenstown.  But the story of the people – laborers, farmers and tradespeople– who bought passage on Titanic to start new lives in America is told in the tiny County Mayo village of Lahardane, “Ireland’s Titanic Village.”

Fourteen people from Addergoole, the parish that includes Lahardane, booked passage to New York on Titanic. When the ship went down, 11 of them died, including the pregnant wife and sister of John Bourke, who refused to leave him. News of the loss plunged the village into shock and despair.

“It was the largest proportionate loss of life suffered by any community in the world,” says Dylan Nolan, public relations officer for the Addergoole Titanic Society.

The Western People newspaper of May 4, 1912, reported that the wake held for several of the Addergoole victims was “one of the saddest sights ever witnessed in the West of Ireland.” Photos of the victims were laid on the beds where they had slept the night before leaving home. “The wailing and moaning of the people was most distressing and would almost draw a tear from a stone,” the story said.

But, as decades passed, memories began to dim. Some of the families died out or moved from their home places, and their cottages fell into ruin. The Addergoole 14 were in danger of being lost again.

Most of the money for the memorials was donated privately, and most of the work in Lahardane was done by volunteers.

Titanic

This 76ft replica model of the RMS Titanic which was built in Addergoole Co. Mayo was launched on Lough Conn near Crossmolina (behind Pontoon Bridge Hotel). It was lit up in the night sky while the Mayo Titanic Ball took place on Friday 13th April, 2012 as part of the Mayo Titanic Cultural Week 8th – 15th April 2012

The Addergoole Titanic Society is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the wonderful memory of fourteen young emigrants from the parish of Addergoole who left Ireland for a better life in America, in 1912, on the ill-fated Titanic. Only three of our fourteen friends and neighbors survived the sinking.

On Thursday 11th April 1912, one hundred and thirteen steerage passengers (third Class) boarded Titanic at Queenstown (Cobh) in Cork. Fourteen of these passengers were from Addergoole Parish (Lahardane). Eleven of these fourteen died when RMS Titanic sank on her maiden voyage, east of Newfoundland, having struck an iceberg.

The Mayo passengers are known locally as the Addergoole Fourteen.
The 3 who survived were; Annie Kate Kelly, Delia McDermott, Annie McGowan.
The 11 who perished were; Catherine Bourke, John Bourke, Mary Bourke, Mary Canavan, Pat Canavan, Bridget Donohue, Nora Fleming, James Flynn, Catherine McGowan, Delia Mahon, Mary Mangan.

The loss of these 11 young emigrants represents the largest proportionate loss of life from any single locality on RMS Titanic.

Mulranny in the evening

Mulranny, Co. Mayo in the evening / at night. The walkway, bridges, seaweed, the moon, and the lights of the village in the night sky.

Stones

Stones by a park bench looking out over the Atlantic Ocean in Mulranny Co. Mayo